Ethics - Publication Ethics

The publishing processes of the Journal of Metaverse are based on the unbiased production, development and sharing of information using scientific methods.
Refereed articles are studies that ensure the application of the scientific method and impartiality. In the realization of scientific production, all components of the publication process; publishers, editors, authors, referees and readers must comply with ethical principles.

In this context, the publication ethics and open access policy of the Journal of Metaverse, in line with the guidelines and policies published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in open access (For example, the "Publication Ethics Committee (COPE) Code of Conduct and Journal Editors" The Best Practice Guidelines for “Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors” and “COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors”) require that all components of the publication process comply with ethical principles. Moreover, Journal of Metaverse applies and accepts the publishing principles of Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) organizations. In addition, Journal of Metaverse applies the publishing principles determined by TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM DergiPark.

In situations such as manipulating and distorting the data used in the articles and using fake data are detected, this situation will be officially reported to the institution where the article author works and the article will be rejected. Our journal has the right to request the output files of the analysis results from the authors according to the feedback given by the editor and/or referees.

Publisher's Ethical Responsibilities
The publisher of the Journal of Metaverse is a non-profit person who takes care of the public interest. Journal of Metaverse has been serving as an important journal in the field of social sciences under the management of the editorial board since 2021.
From various branches of the natural and social sciences, Editorial Board Members for the Journal of AI are assigned for up to one year. The term of the member whose term of office has expired may be extended by the decision of the editor. As the head of the Editorial Board, an editor-in-chief, and depending on the situation, one or more assistant editors and field editors can be assigned. A new member is appointed to replace the leaving member. The term of the expired member can be extended. Based on the subject area of the article, for review purposes, the editor might send the article to experts (holding at least a PhD degree) who are not necessarily the Editorial Board members.

Responsibilities of the Editorial Board
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Metaverse is responsible for every article submitted to the Journal of Metaverse and even all processes after its publication, and the Editorial Board knows this responsibility. This responsibility, considering only the public interest in decisions made on issues related to the journal; requires making decisions independently without considering personal gain. The relationship between the Publisher and the Editorial Board is based on the principle of independence, and all decisions taken by the editors are independent of the publisher and other persons and organizations.
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Metaverse strives to continuously improve the journal and increase its publication quality.
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Metaverse ensures that journal policies such as publication, blind refereeing, evaluation process and ethical principles are determined and implemented.
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Metaverse protects the Copyright © of the article authors published in Journal of Metaverse.
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Metaverse is responsible for taking measures regarding intellectual property rights, unscientific-unethical behaviours, plagiarism, and sending (citation) gangs during the publishing process of articles and journals.
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Metaverse prepares an "Author's Guide" containing the information requirements of the author (s) and a "Referee Guide" containing the information that referees will need during the evaluation phase, and updates it when necessary.
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Metaverse determines policies to motivate the referees and the author (s).
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Metaverse keeps records of each article and correspondence related to the journal electronically or in print.

Ethical Responsibilities of Editor, Assistant Editors and Field Editors
Editors strive to meet the information demanded by referees, authors, researchers, practitioners and readers, they provide feedback when necessary, and act according to the principles of clarity in matters that require correction and explanation during the publication process.
While deciding on the publication of articles, editors pay attention that the articles are original and they make a contribution to the scientific fields, readers, researchers and practitioners.
While making positive or negative decisions about articles, editors take into account the original value of the articles, their contribution to the field, the validity and reliability of the research method, the clarity of the expression, and the journal's purpose and scope.
Editors take the submitted articles to the pre-evaluation stage as long as they have no significant problems, consider positive referee suggestions, and do not change the decisions made by the previous editor (s) unless there is a serious problem.
Editors implement the policies of blind review and evaluation process, which are among the publishing policies of the journal, keep the identity information of the referees confidential, and ensure that each article is evaluated objectively and in time.
Editors send articles to referees by taking into account their field of expertise and they support impartial and independent evaluation.
Editors consider whether there is a conflict of interest between editors, referees and authors for an unbiased evaluation of the article.
Editors seek to ensure that the referee pool is rich and constantly updated.
Editors avoid unscientific reviews that do not follow academic etiquette.
Editors ensure that the journal publishing processes are operated in accordance with publishing policies and guidelines, inform their field of duty in the process about the developments in publication policies, and prepare training programs when necessary.
Editors are to be ineffective in communicating with everyone involved in the publishing process and they hold meetings at regular intervals.
Editors ensure the protection of personal data in the reviewed articles and they protect the individual data of the authors, referees and readers.
Editors pay attention to the protection of human and animal rights in the articles, they care about documenting the explicit consent of the participants of the article, and the approval of the ethics committee of the participants of the article, and they reject the article when there is no proof of experimental research.
Editors take precautions against misconduct. When there are complaints about misconduct, they make an objective investigation and share their findings on the subject.
Editors ensure that errors, inconsistencies or misdirections in the articles are corrected.
Editors protect the intellectual property rights of the published articles and they defend the rights of the journal and authors in case of violation. In addition, they take necessary measures to ensure that the content of published articles does not infringe on the intellectual property rights of other publications. They do the authenticity-similarity check.
Editors take into account the consistent criticism of the articles published in the journal and the authors of the criticized articles they give the right to respond.
Editors also consider studies with negative results. (?)
Editors examine the complaints submitted to the journal and provide the necessary replies.

Ethical Responsibilities of the Referees
In the Journal of Metaverse article evaluation process, the two-way blind refereeing principle is applied, in which the referees of the articles and the authors do not recognize each other. The article evaluation forms and notes stated on the text and correction requests are sent to the authors by the editors through the journal management system. Referees who will evaluate the articles submitted to the Journal of Metaverse should bear the following ethical responsibilities:

Referees should only agree to evaluate articles related to their field of expertise.
Referees should make the assessment neutral and confidential. In accordance with this principle, they should destroy articles they have reviewed after the evaluation process ends, but they might use them after their publication. Nationality, gender, religious belief, political belief and commercial concerns should not disturb the neutrality of the evaluation.
When referees understand that there is a conflict of interest, they should refuse to evaluate the article and inform the editors.
Referees should make the evaluation in a constructive language in accordance with academic etiquette and should avoid any personal comments containing insults and hostility.
The referees should evaluate the articles they accept within the allocated time.

Ethical Responsibilities of the Authors
The ethical responsibilities of the authors who apply an article to the Journal of Metaverse are listed as the following:
Authors should not send an article that they have published elsewhere or sent to be published, or more than one article at the same time to the Journal of Metaverse.
Authors should submit an original article to the Journal of Metaverse.
The authors should correctly cite the sources that they use during the writing process of their article, which is also in line with the ethical principles.
The names of people who do not contribute to the article should not be written as authors, and it should not be suggested to change the order of the author of an article submitted for publication, to remove or add authors.
Individuals who have a conflict of interest and a common interest related to the article for publication must be notified to the editors.
If information or raw data is requested from the authors during the evaluation process, they should submit the expected information to the Editors.
The authors must document the rights of the data they use in their articles, permission for research analysis or the consent of the participants on which they have researched must also be submitted to the journal.
The authors should contact the editor to inform, correct or retract information when they notice an error in the evaluation and early viewing or electronically published article.
The authors should obtain the approval of the ethics committee for research that requires data collection by quantitative or qualitative methods such as experiments, questionnaires, scales, interviews, observations, and focused group studies that require ethics committee decisions. The name of the ethics committee, and the date and the number of the decision should be indicated on the first-last page of the candidate article and in the method section, and the document showing the ethics committee decision should be uploaded to the system with the application of the article. In addition, case reports should include information about obtaining an informed consent form in the article.
The authors should present in the article the evidence that they adhere to ethical principles in the data collection process (such as obtaining permission from others to use documents such as scale, questionnaire, and photograph). It should be stated in the articles that the Copyright © regulations for research and publication ethics and intellectual and artistic works are complied with. If the research was carried out on human and animal subjects, it should be reported that the research was carried out in accordance with international reports, guidelines, etc.

The authors must obtain written permission in advance from any third-party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their tables, text, illustrations, figure graphics, or other material. Please provide written permission while submitting a paper. Tables, figures or other materials must cite with a reuse permission statement in the text.

Ethics committee approval is not required from the authors for review articles. However, in articles that do not require an ethics committee decision, it should be stated that an ethics committee decision is not required, on the first-last page and method section of the article.

Notifying the Editor of Non-Compliance with Ethical Principles
In the Journal of Metaverse, if an unethical situation regarding editors, referees, authors or an article that is in the process of evaluation, early appearance or unethical situation is encountered, it should be reported to

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permissions, including paying any fees, for your figures, diagrams, schemes, tables and text. The author must also provide the appropriate acknowledgement text in the caption in the format prescribed by the copyright owner. For example: Reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: [JOURNAL NAME] (reference citation), copyright (year of publication).

Last Update Time: 4/20/24, 2:49:20 PM

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